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BRIEFLY: Salmon program unfolds in Joseph

JOSEPH — Ian Wilson of Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries will give a presentation on salmon restoration efforts by the tribe, with a focus on the Lostine River from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. 

The program will be aimed at “pre-ski” middle schoolers — people are welcome to come in ski gear on the way to Ferguson Ridge Ski Area — but it will be interesting to anyone who follows the fish in Wallowa County. 

The program is free and open to the public. 

 

SWAT responds to Baker incident

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Police arrest Dale Mack, 38, of Baker City, at about 10 a.m. Thursday. Mack is charged with pointing a firearm at another person, fourth-degree assault (domestic), strangulation, menacing, harassment and contempt of court. (PATSY BLAIR photo)
 

Dale Mack faces six misdemeanor counts from alleged domestic assault 

BAKER CITY — A Baker City man is charged with several crimes after a alleged domestic assault Thursday morning that prompted police to call in a SWAT team and close a section of North Cedar Street for several hours. 

 

FEMA pushes ESA on to locals

Cities, counties to oversee alterations to private property in the flood plain

ENTERPRISE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is rolling out new regulations that put the responsibility of managing floodplains for endangered steelhead and salmon in the hands of local jurisdictions. 

 

Union man arrested on drug charges

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The Union/Wallowa County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 56193 Highway 237, two miles south of Union, about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday. Narcotics and a “substantial” quantity of marijuana were recovered as evidence. (Union Co. Sheriff's Office)

Narcotics, marijuana seized during police search, investigation 

A Union man was arrested Wednesday on various drug-related charges following a search executed by the Union/Wallowa County Drug Task Force.

 

Northeast Oregon should brace for more snow

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Icy conditions on Interstate 84 were present when the driver of a pickup lost control on I-84 westbound near Milepost 258 near the Perry scales at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
 

Weather service estimates 4 to 8 more inches for La Grande before Sunday

Union and Wallowa county residents should be braced for another blast of winter weather this weekend after being hit with heavy snowfall overnight.

 

Students put business skills to the test

  

State berths on the line during FBLA competition  

 

Grant awarded for Saturday bus service

Community Connection gets $94,500 for Saturday program

The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded Community Connection of Northeast Oregon funding for Saturday transit service.

 

Flashmob part of fundraiser for cancer patient

Public invited to dance, ‘find the joy’ Feb. 15

Public invited to dance, ‘find the joy’ Feb. 15

Next weekend the public is invited to get dancing — at Grocery Outlet.

 

Local Boy Scout volunteer honored

 

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George Chadwick of La Grande received the Eagle Within award at the Friends of Scouting Breakfast Wednesday at Eastern Oregon University. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

 

Film festival offers something for everyone

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The Eastern Oregon Film Festival offers three days of entertainment for people of all ages. The fifth annual event is being held at the Granada Theater and the Stage Door Theatre Feb. 20 through Feb. 22.

Although the winterish weather kept us at home these last few months, it won’t be long until the warm sun and blue skies energize us and we will feel the need to get out and do something different. We think if only we could get away and travel somewhere — anywhere that would inspire us, give us an adventure, or help us find a new outlook on life.

 

10 Things to Know for Friday, Feb. 7

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

 

Union man arrested on drug charges

Detectives from the Union County Sheriff's Office and La Grande Police Department executed a search warrant Wednesday night that resulted in one arrest.

 

 

No one injured in shooting in north Baker City this morning

Baker City Police and a SWAT team responded to an apparent shooting in north Baker City this morning.

No one was injured in the incident at a home on Cedar Street north of H Street, according to Baker City Police. 

 

10 Things to Know for Thursday, Feb. 6

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

 

Wolf sightings increase in region

ENTERPRISE — The Imnaha Wolf Pack’s alpha male was captured and outfitted with a GPS collar this weekend — for the fourth time since 2009.

The wolf known as OR-4 was sought by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists Saturday out in the open country of Zumwalt Prairie.

 

Traffic stop leads to arrests

Two arrested on Secret Service, N.C. warrants

An early morning traffic stop on Monday led to the arrest of two fugitives in La Grande. 

 

Radio show host files tort claim

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Eddie Garcia notifies city of impending action

A local radio show host notified the City of La Grande Monday afternoon that he intends to file a legal action against the municipality.

Edward “Eddie” Garcia, in an email to City Manager Robert Strope, notified the city and its legal counsel that he intends to file a legal action for damages and relief against the City of La Grande. 

 

Going the extra mile

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A Willow Elementary kindergarten student prepares to step onto a school bus Tuesday while Bruce Flatt of Mid Columbia Bus Company looks on. Flatt starts his workday at 3:30 a.m. with a two-hour drive through Union County to check the condition of the roads used by Mid Columbia school bus drivers. If conditions are poor, he reports them to officials with the five Union County school districts served by Mid Columbia well before 6 a.m. so they can decide whether to cancel or delay the start of school. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
(see related video at http://youtu.be/SK6YyXP-564)

Officials in Union, Wallowa counties rise early to check travel conditions for school buses 

The frigid and often inclement weather Northeast Oregon is experiencing is costing Bruce Flatt, the chief operations officer for Mid Columbia Bus Co., more than a little sleep. 

 

Public Safety Report for February 5, 2014

Public Safety Report for February 5, 2014
 

Briefly: Transportation commission meets

Transportation commission meets

The North East Area Commission on Transportation will hold its next meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Oregon Department of Transportation Region 5 headquarters, 3012 Island Ave. The public is invited.

 
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